In this lesson, students learn operations of real number exponents by using the current population to prove the existence or non-existence of vampires.
Students apply critical thinking and mathematical reasoning skills to develop their fluency in exponential growth (Grades 6-12 should be able to complete every step of the procedure. Some assessment items are more appropriate for high school only. See the listed standards for appropriate leveling).
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1. To create enthusiasm for the lesson, ask students what they already know about vampires. Ask: When do you think the legend of vampires began? Do you know of any evidence that proves or disproves this legend? If vampires are real, what is the likely number of vampires they would make (by biting or parenting)?